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their courage, and their sacrifice." >> from the senate floor, nevada's harry reid said marines all over the world are mourning the loss. >> "my thoughts are with those who were injured and of course the >> the accident happened late monday night. emergency officials say four medical helicopters were sent to transport patients to area hospitals. the white house says president obama was immediately briefed on the incident. >> "the president's thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who were lost and to those who are injured. we're obviously in the early stages of assessing the incident. it's a tragedy, clearly." >> the army depot is used for storing ammunition and weapon stocks set to be deactivated. it's also used by military units for high desert trainingfore deployment overseas. the marines involved were based at camp lejeune, n.c. while the investigation continues, the military is holding off on using any of the mortars from the same manufacturing lot as the ones that were used at the nevada base. >> catherine: while not unexpected, a huge blow today for advocates of gun cont
leader -- again, i'm not picking on one side. harry reid was talking to. when you see the minority leader saying, to do foreign policy at 3:00 o'clock in the morning with a bunch of guys talking about march madness, and to call this our finest hour? it's that old joke, your second finest hour if this is the finest hour. and i really do think, you know -- when i grew up, we usedf these men and occasional women of real standing and stature. i remember going to work there as a young assistant and thinking, my god, look at me from lynn, mass, i'm at the u.s. senate. now i think it looks more like a carnival and that's the democracy. >> rick: we've got the far left in you're party, susan, who refuse to talk about any sort of substantial cuts to entitlement. they really just want to continue to raise taxes on the wealthiest in this country. then you got the far right on the other side who want to cut everything except for defense spending. then you got i think the bulk of the country which falls somewhere in the middle. i'm just wondering if the extremes on both sides should be able to hold the
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
to move forward? it is significant that it is harry reid. prided himself on the support he received from the nra. he was able to use the support of gun rights groups to defeat in aepublican opponents difficult race. he has been reluctant to support gun control throughout the years. since the newtown shooting, he has been largely silent on the issue. it has been a big question on what harry reid would support on the floor of the senate. the fact he has introduced background checks is significant. has beennne feinstein an advocate on the assault weapons ban and something she has worked on for a long time. thebig was the defeat of assault weapons ban, and take us behind the scenes. it was totally expected. i think ever since the newtown shooting, we knew there was momentum building for gun this hugegislation, popular support around the country for that measure. the band has been questionable, partly because you are taking away the rights of ordinary citizens to own a certain kind of gun that they currently own. would be banned under this legislation. it was just not clear that they would be
weapons all but dead in the senate according to tom democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> reporter: he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for a political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> reporter: the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> reporter: from new york's mayor bloomberg a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you've got to pick up the phone, call your congressperson. >> reporter: but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for re-election risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year if they vote for the ban. democratic supp
background check system of all gun sales. >> senate majority leader harry reid express getting support for tougher gun legislation. he has since introduced a bill that would expand the background check system and deal with school safety in gun trafficking. >> the parent of grace mcdonnell one of the sandy hook students killed hopes that will motivate lawmakers. >> i hope that all my heart the all of the senators congressman men and women were in our shoes for one day, one hour and felt the pain that we have with our daughter. maybe it they would take action. >> i am ed payne reporting. >> the the spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for 6 day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials said the plans to cut saturday service should proceed. last month the post service said it was switched in august to five days service for first-class mail but continues as a package delivery. they argue that they will still have delivered over six days with the difference is that not all mail will be delivered all six days. >> tens of thousands chicago students, parents
. but this is a -- this defies a political solution as i think senator harry reid is finding out, in some ways simply because this is a geographical problem. sometimes even inside a state it is a geographical -- if you live in a city you tend to be much more for some gun control -- or further gun control. if you're in a rural area where guns are part of the culture, you're less inclined to do that. so it defies traditional politics in a lot of ways. certainly the white house wants to keep pushing it but there is a general agreement, at least right now, that there will not be -- that there will be some sort of response to newtown in a legislative form out of congress but it will probably not include an assault weapons ban. >> you had an exclusive interview with veterans affair secretary eric shinseki, one of the most critical issues he has to deal with is the backlog of claims at the va. >> the president's been very clear. veterans are a top priority with him and ending the backlog is foremost in his mind. he has made that very clear. no veteran should have to wait for claims as they are today. we have a fix
leader harry reid there, the senate's all-night vote a rama finally ended at 4:33 a.m. that takes us into the political playground. >>> ashley judd may have dropped a hint about the senate run for kentucky, dropped this friday. according to a cincinnati tv station, judd said her mother, country star naomi judd, cannot wait to turn her garage into campaign headquarters. >>> on bravo's "inside the actor studio," tina fey reviving her famed sarah palin impression. >> you know, jimmy, i believe that if everybody had guns, then there would be fewer guns in the stores. >>> and florida might spurn favorite sons, senator marco rubio and former governor jeb bush for none other than hillary clinton in 2016. a quinnipiac university poll the other day found floridians would support the former secretary of state and first lady 52-42% over senator rubio and 51-40% over former governor bush. hmm. >>> overwhelming american support for gun background checks. so, why is that not translating into overwhelming support on capitol hill? i'll talk to congressman jim hines next. >>> and great balls of fire.
majority leader harry reid said that legislation would likely be debated next month that will include tougher laws and stiffer sentences for gun trafficking and increased school safety grants. a ban on assault-style weapons was dropped from the bill. >> a relationship dispute could be to blame for a deadly marine base triple shooting. the tragedy happened last week in virginia -- both the shooter, and one of the two people murdered are from the bay area. governemnt officials say sergeant eusebio lopez is accused of shooting to death corporal jacob wooley, from massechusetts. as well as lance corporal sara castromata, a 19-year-old from oakley. lopez joined the marines seven years ago. serving in both the afghanistan and iraq wars. he was heavily decorated.earning 11 awards. he was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and was a tactics instructor, specializing as a machine gunner at the officer candidate school. a relationship dispute could be to blame for a deadly marine base triple shooting. the tragedy happened this week in virginia -- both the shooter, and one of the two people murdered ar
for the by the senate majority leader harry reid. the nra also filed a federal suit thirsted disputing the constitutionality of the governor andrew cuomo's safe act. the said act is a sweeping gun control bill that cuomo signed into law in january. >> thousands of government workers can expect temporary furloughs over the next six months. the house voted yesterday to keep the government running for the next six months, but left in place $85 billion in spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs. the spending authorization is on his way to the white house for president obama signature. >> the new spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for six they mail delivery. but some lawmake in post officlawmakers and postal officials say that the plan is to cut saturday service that it should proceed. last month the postal service said it was which in august to a 5 day service for first-class mail but they continued the six daypack is delivered. they argue that they will still have to deliver over six days, but the difference is that not all the mail will be delivered on
. >> stephanie: kind of out there courage from harry reid that we're used to. >> i hope i haven't offended anyone by my sort of support for some kind of legislation. >> stephanie: all right. rude to end -- not a fessive note at all. hal and jacki talked about the iraq war. it is amazing when you think of -- we think we know the horror of it. you pointed out the birth defects we caused in iraq which is -- along with other things. you say iraq is now a divide country with a pittyless regime. it uses rape, torture and execution to punish enemies. place where they haven't gotten the electrical grid back to where it was before the war. at least saddam hussein isn't running the joint right? we still haven't discussed birth defects and cancer and the depleted uranium. >> right. the use of -- i think the estimate was in the course of the war something like eight billion depleted uranium bullets were used and that's not getting into the other munitions. and especially in places like fallujah and basra where the bigger battles took place. what that's left behind. the way in which that causes birth defects
to the senate, the -- harry reid said i need a bill for the health care bill and they said here's 3590. so they struck everything out of it and insert, and what was inserted? the rest of the health care law. the senate passed it right before christmas eve a snorm bearing down on washington, it passed the senate, nancy pelosi said what is this thing? i haven't got 100 votes in this in the house. over the next three months, they twisted enough arm, broke enough knees that this thing got the votes. three years ago yesterday, three years ago today, it was signed into law. signed into law to the detriment of the entire country. i thank the gentlelady for joining me. i thank the other members who were here. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. under the speaker's announced spoil of january p, 2013, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. po can is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. poe can: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. pocan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to address our special order hour not only to talk about th
senate for three years never took up a budget. the president's budget was never presented by harry reid. the republicans agreed to the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row. to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. what the news media may cover remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. if you're looking for ideas from either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the next general election, the leading democratic candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? -- too heavy to be president? >> age and weight in one question. >> no, i do not think he is too heavy. he is the most popular republican gove
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
that play out this week, when senate majority leader harry reid dropped the assault weapons ban from the senate bill. that's not really a surprise, but it sort of underscores just how divisive this issue continues to be. now in the senate bill, it includes universal background checks as well as stiffer penalties for straw purchases as well as gun trafficking. but it's not clear that that piece of legislation will make its way through senate, or certainly through the house. so this is really tough slogging going forward. so mayor michael bloomberg sort of rolling out what he hopes will be a counterweight to the nra, that $12 million ad campaign, which you mentioned. it's going to air in 13 states, really targeting senators who he believes he might be able to sway to vote yes on this legislation. but, of course, a big question mark there, because you have the nra, you have democrats who live in red states, and of course you have republicans who are not in favor of these stiffer gun control laws. it continues to be a very divisive issue, craig, and really tough to get through both chamb
, apparently they failed with harry reid since he's the one that is dismantling the bill that the democratic party said the country needs. i'm for the bloomberg ads because i think they will backfire as much as mitt romney's etch a sketch did. yesterday when bloomberg was interviewed, he said that this was a way for him to educate people and in these red states where i live in south georgia, we don't need the education from michael bloomberg about our guns, rights to guns. most are in favor of some type of backgrund checks. in georgia, to have a carry permit, you have one. the devil is in the details. i'm not confident in eric holder and the department of justice to implement laws, new laws on the books when he won't even enforce the current gun laws on the books. >> so does patrick have something here that mayor bloomberg's reputation as a guy who runs a nanny state or tries to, does he really have any sway over people who are on the fence? >> this is a political red herring. oh, this week it's michael bloomberg and it used to be nancy pelosi and it used to be barack obama. you can use all
to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the simple truth is there are lawmakers who come from states where support is not nearly as strong as it is in other places, and they don't want to lose their jobs next year by making a stand on this issue right now, particularly on the more controversial parts. >> and they have to listen to the voters who put them in office as well. >> we'll see how it goes. >> tom foreman, thanks so much. >>> to the white house now w
by democrats, and harry reid is not going to move anything forward. but senator graham says what he'll do is hold up any nominations and wreak havoc. over on the house side, frank wolf, a republican congressman from the commonwealth of virginia, says he has 60 signatures on a document to install a select committee, which will be great because then the select committee would look into what happened. john bolton, who used to be our ambassador to the united nations, says something is not right here. listen. >> i think the entire way the administration has handled the benghazi affair has been abnormal and i think it's particularly strange that the people who were there when the attack took place were not made available to congress or others interested in finding out what actually happened that day. part of the administration's problem here is that many people think they engaged in a coverup, that they made up the story about the demonstration because they didn't want to reveal that terrorist groups were prevalent in and around benghazi. i think the way to get to the bottom of the issue one wa
overwhelmingly with republican support and opposition on our it was suggested to harry reid that that might be one way to get off the lack of action on making sure america pays its bills. the only reason i interrupt the gentlelady, i think it's important to understand your cut, cap, and balance passed before that suggestion was made included sequester as the fall back if we didn't reach the numbers. i think if it's the president's -- it's the president's via cut, cap, an balance which your side of the aisle passed and sent to the senate as presumably good policy. i thank the gentlelady for yielding, she was kind to do that. mrs. miller: i thank the gentleman for pointing out the sequencing of the sequester, the president's sequester, and i still say with the president's sequester, what's going to happen with this vote is a vivid nonstration of who is actually committed to doing more with less. my colleague, the gentleman, the minority whip, had also given a sort of historical lesson of various things under, in his observation of the way things had gone earlier on and i would point something
seniors and future generations. while in the senate harry reid and patty murray are considering a budget that never balances. it increases taxes by $1 trillion and let's medicare and social security race towards bankruptcy. and it turns medicare into a program that rations benefits to seniors. make no mistake, washington is approaching $17 trillion of debt and more than 12 million americans are unable to find work. the decisions we make will either sink us deeper into debt or put us on a path that encourages job creation and restores the belief that if we work hard and make tough choices, our kids will inherit a stronger country. mr. speaker, the choice is clear. if hoosier families balanced their budgets, washington doesn't have an excuse. it's time the president and the senate offer real solutions for hardworking hoosier families. i commend chairman ryan and the house budget committee for their hard work and i urge my colleagues to support the resolution. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. chairman. i n
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